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Martha Traverso-Yepez

Community Health and Humanities
PhD (Universidad Complutense, Madrid)

Associate Professor of Health Promotion/Social Determinants of Health

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  • MED6723 Health Promotion - Online and Face to Face (seperate offers) 

Research Interests:

  • health promotion: identifying and promoting positive social environments for health and wellbeing
  • children and youth health and wellbeing
  • community-based research
  • qualitative research
  • meanings of health and of health promotion (critical constructionist approach)
  • social determinants, power relations,and economic inequities related to health and health care
Research Projects:

Experiential Learning Strategies in the Health Sciences for Developing Humanistic Skills 
Funded by: Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) 
Role: Principal Investigator 
Duration: 2012-2013

Ever Green Program Evaluation
Funded by: Ever Green Environmental Inc.
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2010-2011

Effect of Vaginal Self-Sampling on Cervical Cancer Screening Rates: A Community-Based Study
Funded by: CIHR
Role: Co-Investigator
Duration: 2009-2011

Promoting a Healthy Child and Youth Development: An Assets-Building Approach to Community Health
Funded by: Dean of Medicine's Start-Up Fund and Industrial Research Innovation Fund
Role: Principal Investigator    
Duration: 2009-2011
Research Webpage:www.childrenswellbeing.ca

Promoting Healthy Communities: Enhancing Health and Well-being through Community Capacity Building
Funded by: Dean of Medicine's Start-up Fund and Industrial Research Innovation Fund
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2009-2011    
Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion: Empowering Lives by Promoting Healthy Communities
Funded by: Industrial Research Innovation Fund 
Role: Principal Investigator 
Duration: 2009-2012        

Community Involvement:
  • Chair and Yoga facilitator, Program Mindfulness for Health - Division of Community Health and Humanities

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed:

  • Community Capacity Building for Health: A Critical Look at the Practical Implications of This Approach. SAGE Open: 1-12: http://sgo.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/05/14/2158244012446996.abstract, 2012
  • The Kangaroo Program at a Brazilian maternity hospital: the preterm/lowweight babies' health-care under examination. Nursing Inquiry, 18(1): 84-91, 2011.
  • The difficulties of dealing with social inequities at the Family Health Program in Brazil. Critical Public Health (UK), v.19, n.2, p.193-202, 2009. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09581590802395408
  • Social determinants of health and preterm birth trends in Brazil and Canada. Saude em Debate 33(83): 429-442, 2009. http://www.saudeemdebate.org.br/artigos/artigo_int.php?id_artigo=185
  • From humanization policies to everyday practices in the context of social inequities in childbirth healthcare. Pesquisas e Práticas Psicossociais, v.2, p.294-231, 2008.
  • Dilemmas in health promotion in Brazil: The National Policy under consideration. Interface - Comunic., Saúde, Educ., v.11, n.22, p.223-38, 2007


  • Chapter: Diálogo e transformação: Buscando construir novas formas de relação social. In Fernando Lacerda & Raquel Guzo (Ed)  Psicologia social para a América Latina: O resgate da psicologia da libertação. Campinas (SP), Brazil, Átomo & Alínea. (Dialogue and Transformation: Building new forms of social relations), 2010
  • Social Psychology and Health Care Work - Natal: EDUFRN, 2008
  • Chapter: Examining Transformative Learning amidst the challenges of self-reflection. In M.Gardner (org.) Narrating Transformative Learning in Education. Toronto: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007